I haven't used an alarm clock in years.
I'd love it if you can join me. I'll have a little chime to let you know when we're changing activity and a prompt the tell you what we're doing next.
Just so you know, here's the rough routine I will be following:
- Wake up and drink a big glass of water (probably with some green mandarin as that's my current favourite flavour oil).
- Fill my diffuser with whatever blend I've decided that day (probably something citrus and uplifting)
- 07:00 Start my 10 minute timer and attempt to pray or meditate for 10 minutes (this takes practice, so don't worry if you find it hard! Even 30 seconds at a time is an achievement).
- 07:10 Recite affirmations for 10 minutes. I'd love you to share yours in the comments for inspiration. If you don't have any or you've never done it before, I'll have some prompts on the screen or you could try listening to some on this playlist I created of ready made affirmations I used when I first started this practice.
- 07:20 Visualization - this is completely new to me. It's based on the same principle that athletes use to rehearse/imagine themselves doing something before they actually do it, which apparently increases likelihood of success.
The idea is that you imagine yourself achieving your goals, or succeeding in the steps you need to get there, so that it's easier and more natural for you to do those things later in the day.
- 07:30 Exercise - don't be mad, you knew it was coming. This plan only has space for 10 minutes. You can do more later in the day if you want, this is just about getting your body moving first thing. Yoga, Pilates, Rebounding, Running, Stretching... it doesn't matter what you do, just get moving for 10 minutes. Here's a YouTube playlist of workouts that only take 10 minutes if you need something to follow.
- 07:40 Reading time - fill your mind with new positive thoughts and ideas for the day. Again, if you're doing it live with me, let me know in the comments what you're reading. I love being inspired by new books and ideas for my reading list.
- 07:50 Journalling for ten minutes. It doesn't need to be meaningful or important, just get writing. It helps you to become more articulate and can be a valuable exercise for processing your thoughts. Maybe write a summary of what you just read if you're struggling to get started.